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The Goal of the Induction of The Taming of The Shrew There has been much speculation and debate over the necessity and purpose of Shakespeare's Induction to 'The Taming of the Shrew'. The Induction could be interpreted in various ways and a frequent view is that it is not essential to the play. Indeed, the play alone could suffice without it ; as has occurred in a variety of performances of 'The Taming of The Shrew'. Personally, however, I believe that the function of the Induction is to frame the play and present themes and issues that develop from the drama, to the audience. The Induction could be considered quite light and a painless approach to the otherwise darker facets of the drama. In this way perhaps Shakespeare is trying to acquire the comedy perspective of the drama through in the Induction to avoid confusion and overall the play itself being taken too seriously. The Induction also starts having a rather violent and hostile atmosphere, however, there is an underlying theme of merriment similar to that in the drama itself. A.. .